Think Vinegar Kills Fleas ?
Maybe, but there are other Benefits of Vinegar as Well

People think vinegar kills fleas on dogs, yet miss the benefits of a natural flea repellant, yeast and fungi killer, an itch relief, aid for smelly dogs, and canine coat conditioner. Here’s how.

Pit Bull with healthy coat.

First, there is one caveat. Just one type of vinegar is medicinal.

ONLY raw apple cider vinegar has healing properties since it has not been processed (killed) and organic is best. It's great for humans too!

Using white vinegar, red vinegar, or regular apple cider vinegar is not the same.

Kinda like Superman, it does a lot. Internally it's a health tonic; externally it's a coat conditioner, flea repellent, mosquito repellent; and in the ears it can stop ear yeast infections.

Alright, let's get to some recipes, but these are all for the dog. For you, replace any vinegar you use for food, salad dressing etc. with Braggs Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. You can also put a teaspoon in your bottled water if you can manage the taste.

Obviously I have a lot to say about  it for humans or I'd get on about our dogs. The last thing I'll mention is I have a great recipe for a human healing tonic if you can handle spicy. It's got fresh habaneros in it and some other goodies. Contact me and I'll email you the recipe.

Okay, back to our dogs!


The Benefits of Vinegar Taken Internally

For a natural flea and mosquito repellent, weight loss in obese dogs, and a general tonic, here's the basic recipe:

  • up to 14 pounds: 1/2 teaspoon per quart of water
  • 14 to 34 pounds: 1 teaspoon per quart of water
  • 34 pounds and up: 1 1/2 teaspoons per quart of water

You can start with just a few drops until she gets use to the taste. Make this a daily habit.


Vinegar At Bath Time

A very soothing rinse for natural itch relief, control odor, and condition the fur:

Mix 1 cup organic raw apple cider vinegar with enough filtered water to make a gallon. Rub into the dog's fur well and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse. This one is much easier to do outdoors!

The reason I say filtered water is if you have city water in the United States, the chlorine kills the good stuff. Hopefully you don't let your dog drink it either. (Check out my water page.)


Ear Remedy for Dogs

For an ear wash that kills yeast and fungus, mix 1 Tablespoon organic raw apple cider vinegar per cup water. Put a few drops in with an eyedropper and massage. Lulu would stand still all day and moan if she was getting an ear massage.


massaging vinegar/water for dog ear yeast infection

Extra Flea and Mosquito Repellent

Combine equal amounts of water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray light coat on your dog before you go for a walk or to the dog park.


Additional Notes

  • Undiluted vinegar should not be left on your dog's skin. Applying it to open wounds, even diluted, will burn.
  • Organic Apple Cider vinegar normalizes the pH level of the skin. Your dog becomes unpalatable to fleas just like with garlic.
  • For human itch relief, hold a cotton ball on a flea bite that's been dipped in vinegar. For several bites apply a paste of vinegar and cornstarch.

In Closing to Vinegar Kills Fleas

Unless you can get them to jump in a bowl of the stuff, I don't think vinegar kills fleas. If anyone has a positive result with a bowl of vinegar that's not placed under a light (see flea traps ), please contact me via my contact page and share the details with me.

For natural flea killers, see Fleas in the Carpet and Natural Flea Control Outdoors.

PS. Someone answered! If you've got Facebook, check out the comment below. Casey swears vinegar kills fleas and she shares how she uses it. Thanks Casey.


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